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The Norwegian Ambassador’s thoughts on the Polar Silk Road The Norwegian Ambassador’s thoughts on the Polar Silk Road By Yin yeping Source:Global Times Published: 2018/4/15 5:03:3 Norwegian Ambassador to China Geir O. Pedersen Photo: Courtesy of the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing Norwegian Ambassador to China Geir O. Pedersen has had a very busy year so far. Bilateral relations are now at an all time high, which not only reflects on the dramatic increase of imported salmon from Norway but also on the rising popularity of Chinese tourists flocking to this Nordic country. In May, the new round of free-trade-agreements between China and Norway will take place in Oslo, opening doors for greater possibilities of bilateral ties. The Global Times (GT) sat with Pedersen who shared his thoughts on Norway and its connections with China. GT: China outlined its plan to develop a Polar  Silk Road  in its first official Arctic policy white paper early this year. What does the paper mean to you, and how do

Is China’s belt and road infrastructure development plan about to run out of money? Is China’s belt and road infrastructure development plan about to run out of money? State bankers warn that debt levels in host nations are far above recognised safety levels, and say more needs to be done to attract private investors He Huifeng UPDATED : Saturday, 14 Apr 2018, 10:01PM  34 China’s ambitious plan to recreate the old Silk Road trading routes across Eurasia and Africa is facing a serious financing challenge, according to the country’s senior bankers and government researchers. Speaking on Thursday at a forum in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province, Li Ruogu, the former president of Export-Import Bank of China, said that most of the countries along the route of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, as the plan is known, did not have the money to pay for the projects with which they were involved. Many were already heavily in debt and nee

The Political Engineers of Balochistan The Political Engineers of Balochistan Facebook Twitter Share IN THIS ISSUE Sanaullah Zehri Balochistan has for the second consecutive term, in the year of general elections, witnessed political upheavals that have proved disastrous for the ruling party in the province. They have brought about the end of the government and the decimation of the PML-N. Last time, it was the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) whose government was sacked, in January 2013, and Governor’s Rule imposed. The step was taken in the aftermath of twin suicide blasts targeting the beleaguered Hazara Shias, in which around 100 people had been killed. Week-long sit-ins in Quetta, and other cities, in solidarity with the Hazaras, demanded the removal of the PPP and JUI-F coalition government, who had failed to protect them against a series of attacks. Governor’s Rule was imposed and Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi, then the governor, took over as the chief

Dialogue only way to peace with India: COAS By  Naveed Miraj Published: April 14, 2018 The passing out parade of 137th PMA Long Course, 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course was held at PMA, Kakul. PHOTO: ISPR KAKUL:  Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said peaceful resolution of disputes between Pakistan and India, including the core issue of Kashmir, is only possible through a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue between the hostile but hyphenated states. “While such dialogue is no favour to any party, it remains the inevitable precursor to peace across the region. Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour,” General Bajwa said on Saturday. The army chief was addressing the passing-out parade of 137th PMA Long Course, 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course at the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. He said, “Pakistan is a peace-lovi

Plight of children in Balochistan Plight of children in Balochistan   By: Syed Ansaar Ahmed Shah The state of health and education of children in Balochistan is terrible. In Balochistan, children have no future because the government is unwilling or unable to protect and promote their fundamental rights. Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan with the number of problems faced by the children. Currently, Illiteracy is a major issue. According to some estimates, the literacy rate in Balochistan is 35 percent (males 42 percent and females 21 percent). Factors behind such dismal statistics are shortage of schools, buildings and essential facilities needed for a productive academic environment. If the government of Balochistan wants to change things, it must first focus on reforms in the education sector. Fourteen-year-old Sagheer recently dropped out of a public school in Kolowa due to financial problems. Now he herds cattle. He told me that h

CPEC – The Dream Project And Hurdles On Its Way! CPEC – The Dream Project And Hurdles On Its Way! By  Zeeshan Ahmad Bhatti On  Apr 14, 2018    0 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor runs along the most important and central geo-strategic locations in South Asia. CPEC being part of One-Belt-One- Road (OBOR) initiative, will help to materialize China’s ambitions and make it an economic superpower in the world. As a general perception, Pakistan’s relations with the U.S. will deteriorate due to the CPEC. The U.S has pulled out $71.9 million in the last 11 months, as compared to its investment amounted to $197.1 million in the previous year. Although the U.S has never openly opposed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, traditionally it has always tried to contain China in the South China Sea, its allies in this endeavor have been India, Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore. Being part of American China containment policy, India has been keenly watching the progress of CPEC. The fact that the CPEC gives

Quote of the day Quote of the day It was predicted that till 2018 there would be 2 per cent increase in the national GDP due to CPEC. It was calculated that for one per cent increase in GDP there is need of 3.6 per cent incremental investment. CPEC provided 5.4 per cent incremental investment. That means there would be 1.5 per cent increase in GDP. Unfortunately, we missed that target and we are still at 5 per cent growth rate. Along with other reasons, poor planning and preparation led to lower growth in GDP. ✔Government and opposition parties remained busy in point scoring and credit war rather than putting efforts on policy and strategic interventions. Shakeel Ramsey

CPEC and politics of inefficiency Shakeel Ramay April 15, 2018Leave a comment Besides investing in labour and skill development, Pakistan should also take steps at the global level to demystify myths about CPEC Pakistan has got an opportunity in the form of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to progress. The time Pakistan signed the agreement, controversies started to emerge. Controversies are two-fold — economic and strategic, and at two levels — domestic and global. The economic angle highlights the poor political point scoring and fight for credit. Every political party understands the importance of the initiative and volume of investment. It instigates them to get maximum share for their political constituencies. It started with the controversy of route and later included the inclusion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Economic sense of decision-making somehow was compromised and political considerations took over due to continuous politic

INDIA’S CHABAHAR APPROACH NEEDS GRANDER STRATEGIC REVISIT Saturday, 14 April 2018 |  Jagannath Panda  | in  Oped Is India facing a new challenge over Chabahar, a port central to New Delhi’s alternative outreach to Central Asia? If the recent statement by Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif welcoming Pakistan and China to become partners for Chabahar port development has any strategic bearing, India needs to rethink about its future approach to Chabahar. India has largely followed a “singular” approach to the port, by collaborating bilaterally with Iran and trying to configure a trilateral understanding among India-Iran-Afghanistan to enrich an alternative and secured route to Central Asia through Chabahar. This approach requires an overhaul, particularly in the context of Iran’s growing relationship with China and the evolution of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a greater Eurasian platform. In inviting Pakistan and Chin

Gwadar: an opportunity for the region Gwadar: an opportunity for the region The entire South Asian region can benefit from CPEC's success story Hassnain Javed APRIL 14, 2018 Gwadar is a port city on the southwestern coast of Pakistan’s largest province, Baluchistan. The Gwadar port is expected to revolutionize the economic, socio-economic, financial and strategic landscape of Pakistan in its entirety. After the completion of the port, Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia are all expected to be connected economically. Once developed, this port is going to serve as a financial hub for the entire region, beginning a new era of prosperity in Pakistan. Gwadar’s strategic location has already attracted investors’ attention with China taking the lead in the development of the entire port project via CPEC induced investments. In 2013, the port was handed over to the China Overseas Ports Holding Company. China has taken the initiative to develop th